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3 Trends in Bathroom Design

I love the new bathroom products that are now affordable and available to homeowners. I wanted to review three spectacular trends in bathroom design.

1. Showers that are easily accessible to anyone are in demand.

The life-cycle shower does not have a threshold making it accessible to everyone with a clean and sleek look.

2. Calm and peaceful bathroom settings that have less stuff and are stylish with simple lines are trending.

You will see more showers that are frameless and easy to access.

An example of an expansive and frameless shower:

3. Homeowners are requesting low maintenance, and easy to clean bathrooms.

You will see bathrooms using large square or rectangular shaped tiles to reduce grout lines, and some are installing contemporary wall panels. Kohler’s Choreograph Shower Wall collection offers a variety of high-end wall panels, to view them click here.

Large scale and 3D tile, such as this Ona Natural tile from Porcelanosa:

An example of large square tile:

An example of large rectangular tile:

Even if you have a small bath area, you can achieve a sleek style using large scale tile and a stationary glass enclosure:

There are many configurations available depending on your bathroom size and requirements. For some inspiration, here are a few ideas to consider.

An example of a frameless style that slides instead of a door opening:

An example of a hinged tub door, using clear glass and chrome:

DreamLine Aqua Ultra 57-60"x 58" Hinged Tub Door, Chrome

An example of no door, stationary glass:

 
Tip:  You will see frameless shower doors installed with Clips and U-Channels. Both options support the stationary panels in your shower enclosure. Clips are the favored option because of the sleek look and clean style. The installation is more expensive as holes have to be cut into the glass for the Clips to stay in place. The U-Channel is easier and less costly to install.

An example of the Clips:

An example of the U-Channel:

 

Redesign Right, LLCIf you want to update your bathroom, and you need help choosing your bathroom colors, matching tile or choosing the proper finish for the hardware or lighting fixtures, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email. We will set up a consultation and help you to make the right choice the first time.

 
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KBIS 2017 Award Winners

kbis-2017-award-winnersEach year the KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) is held in January where they display and discuss new products and innovative ideas. During each show awards are won Best in Show for both Kitchen and Bath products. It’s fun to watch these trends as they will become available to everyone or affect the products sold. As an Interior Decorator, I like to be aware of the possibilities! Also, it is fun to see the exciting innovation in this field since the kitchen and bath are two areas of the home we spend lots of time in each day. The winners for 2017 are:

Best in Show and Best in Kitchen:  Gold is for GEOLUXE

Information from KBIS:

“SCG Group created GEOLUXE, a superior surface covering product which overcomes the disadvantages of natural marble while remaining true to its prestige and aesthetics. GEOLUXE is inspired by the same metamorphic processes which produce marble. It’s best described as a “Pyrolithic Stone” and is made from 100% mineral based materials. GEOLUXE is a uniquely advantageous product, offering all the classical elegance of natural marble along with easy maintenance and heat, acid, and scratch resistance.”

To learn more about this product go to GeoLuxe.

Best of Bath:  Gold is TOTO for NEOREST AC Dual Flush Toilet with Actilight

Information from KBIS:

“TOTO’s intelligent NEOREST AC Wall-Hung Toilet offers auto open/close & auto flush; an integrated Washlet personal cleansing system; & in-bowl catalytic deodorizer. It’s Actlight Cleansing Technology with Pre-Mist, and eWater+ offers a unique titanium dioxide and zirconium glaze on the bowl’s surface activated by the UV light in its lid. Its high-efficiency Tornado dual-flush system consumes 1.28-gpf for the full flush and 0.9 for the light. Its in-wall tank system saves up to 9” of space.”

To learn more about this product go to TOTO USA.

Best of Bath:  Silver is for The Copper Shower Kit

Information from KBIS:

“The simplest description of the product is a Copper Shower Kit.The kit will include multi-piece pure copper trim parts and panels to be assembled and installed as a shower/tub enclosure around a bathtub or shower.The installation is incredibly simple, and the design of the trim parts allow for panels to be installed easily even in unplumbed, unsquared installations by the professional or DIY’er. Copper is a great product for any bathroom because of its anti-corrosive and anti-microbial properties.”

To learn more about this product go to The Copper Shower Company.

Best of Kitchen:  Silver is for The Galley Dresser

Information from KBIS:

“This award-winning, hand-made collection of fine kitchen furniture was created exclusively for The Galley Workstation® by acclaimed Chicago-based designer Doug Durbin. Durbin is renowned for his Bauhaus approach to thoughtful design, creating harmony between function and art in kitchen architecture. The Galley Dresser is available in 4 sizes, 13 hand-selected high-gloss finishes, nine custom hardware finish options, including four signature finishes by Doug Durbin, and is completely hand-crafted.”

To learn more about this product go to The Galley Dresser.

This week the voting occurs for the show’s People’s Choice Awards, stay tuned, I’ll put out a post announcing which fantastic product was selected! View the KBIS winners in total by clicking here to visit my Pinterest board of 2017 winners.

Redesign RightIf you plan to take on a renovation or a room makeover in 2017, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email for a consultation to determine the flow of the room, color, and décor.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, and .

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Bathroom Remodel Ideas and Costs

shutterstock_326724617Are you planning on renovating a bathroom in your home? In my last decorating article, “Planning Your Bathroom Remodel,” I offered tips on planning guides and bathroom trends. This article will focus on the various aspects of the bathroom and provide tips and information on replacing. Once you have the plan for your bathroom changes, you will want to understand the costs involved. Click here for an estimator from HomeAdvisor. Let’s review aspects of the bathroom you may be replacing:

Faucet, Shower Head, Toilet, Tubs

There is a new label that you will want to look for, similar to the Energy Star, called WaterSense. When a product has this label, these products “Are 20 percent more water efficient than average products in that category.” (EPA.gov)

If you don’t plan to install a new faucet, you can still save on water by installing a low-flow aerator. Click here to watch a video on how to install one on an older sink. Click on the one of the following topics for in-depth information:

Tile Ideas & Trends

To review the tile trends, click here to view information from Daltile.

In my article titled, “2016 Kitchen and Bath Industry Winners,” one of the winners, Walter Zanger, has beautiful and unique award-winning geometric tile designs. Check out their Sterling Row collection with looks of wood and marble inlay.

Flooring

To review detailed information on the topics below, click on the link:

Countertops

When choosing a bathroom countertop you want to understand how the bath will be used as certain materials are more prone to staining, scratches, etc. For a guide to choosing a countertop from HGTV, click here. To see some beautiful composite ideas from Silestone, click here. For a pro and con list of countertop options, click here to review an in-depth article that includes a cost analysis from Houzz.

Paint

With the paint colors of the year being Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue (Pantone), Simply White and Alabaster (Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams) the look this year is peaceful, crisp and clean. Check out my Pinterest board to review the trends. If you plan to do the painting, Consumer Reports suggests that you first wash the walls as mildew may be present even if it is not visible. Use 1 part bleach to 3 parts water and a sponge. Rinse the walls with clean water after using the mixture and let them dry thoroughly before painting.

Redesign RightHave fun with this project; there is nothing more fulfilling than seeing the finished project! If you need help with a color consultation or redesign, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and . (Photo attribution)

Planning Your Bathroom Remodel

Bathroom VanityAre you thinking of remodeling or fixing up any of the bathrooms in your house this spring? If you are planning to sell this year, you will want to at a minimum update fixtures, faucets, and paint to give the bath a fresh and ready-to-move-in look. This article will focus on the planning and inspiration side of the remodel or renovation and next week I will get into more detail on the aspects of the remodel. Let’s have some fun and come up with a game plan!

Gather Inspiration!

For lovely ideas click here for inspiration on Houzz. In fact, I would recommend creating an IdeaBook on Houzz that you can use to show a bathroom designer if you are planning a major overhaul. The IdeaBook allows you to enter notes associated with a photo and will help you to keep track of what you want in your new bathroom.

I have created a Pinterest board that includes product information, trends, and bath ideas going for 2016. Click here to view the board.

What’s your budget?

To better understand and estimate the costs in your bathroom remodel, click here for an estimator from HomeAdvisor.com.

Goals & Planning

Use these resources to help you determine the goals and plan for your bathroom remodel:

Redesign RightIf you are in need of a contractor or redesign consultation, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202. My next article will get into the details of remodeling, stay tuned!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

2016 Kitchen and Bath Industry Winners

KBIS 2016 Winners I always love to hear about the home products that come out of the annual KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) show. This year’s winners are fantastic! Just when you thought they couldn’t possibly do something unique with a kitchen faucet along comes a surprise that will amaze you! Here is the rundown of the Best of KBIS winners:

Electrolux has designed a washer that can get those tough stains out while being efficient and easy to use.

This faucet created with 3D printing is stunningly beautiful! Click here to view the product information.

This bathroom vanity is a modern crisp-lined vanity that has a clever way to store items without pull-out drawers or requiring vanity-top space. Check out how you can keep small items out of sight with this stylish bathroom vanity by clicking here.

This collection of lovely ceramic tiles is unique and inspirational! I love this quote, “…this sequel is inspired by 1970’s Glam, Art Deco and Neo-Egyptian architecture—transcending the boundaries of the kitchen and bathroom.” Find out more about these stunning tiles at the Walker Zanger website by clicking here.

This under-the-counter refrigerator can fit any counter height, and I love that it has tiered storage and retractable drawers. I wish they had this when my kids were little for all of those things that they used frequently!

To view photos of the winners and find out more information about the KBIS winners visit my KBIS 2016 Best of Products board on Pinterest by clicking here.

2016 is shaping up to be a very fun and exciting design year! If you are in need of a home makeover, need help with colors, or thinking about selling your home in 2016 give me a call 610.955.8202 or fill out my interest form by clicking here. I also offer a 5-day hands-on Interior Redesign and Home Staging training class if you love home decorating and want to start your own business, click here to learn more.

Redesign RightBy Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Updating your Bedroom and Bath Décor in 2014

Thinking about updating your décor in 2014?  How is your bedroom or bath looking?  January is the month of the “white sale” where you can find great bargains on sheets and towels.  I thought it would be a great time to take advantage of the offered discounts and think about doing a redesign on your bedroom or bath.

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Too often we get swept up in holiday planning and parties that we don’t have time to think about replacing used, outdated linens and towels.  Take a look at your bedroom; are you happy with the colors?  If you don’t have the time for a fresh coat of paint, take this opportunity to visit your local home store and see what they have to offer.  Often, only purchasing new curtains, sheets, or a new duvet cover instantly enhances and changes the feel of a room.  To get some inspiration on bedroom ideas, furniture, accessories, etc. check out these lovely photos from Arhaus.com.

If your towels have been washed to death and thin, it may be time to purchase some nice soft, absorbent towels.  You will enjoy them, and your guests will appreciate them!  There are many beautiful options for an updated bath look.  Check out these lovely ideas and products from WestElm.com.

In thinking about updating your décor this New Year, click here to read about the Shopping Trends in 2014.  There are some great deals to be had in January.  Besides linens it is a good time to buy watches, computers, fragrances, AND jewelry before they are marked up for the Valentine’s Day rush.  For more tips on trends, there was a great article in the Philadelphia Inquirer recently titled, “How to be trendy, but not too much” which gave some interesting advice on upcoming trends and how to stay looking up-to-date without breaking the budget.

If you are looking for a place to start or need professional help organizing and doing a room redesign to get the most out of your space, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com.

Logo-JPEG-1Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Replacing Your Kitchen or Bathroom Counter Top?

If you are planning to replace your kitchen or bathroom counter top, you are in luck!  I found this great tool from Better Homes and Gardens that will take you through a series of questions to help you find your perfect counter top material, click here to review.

Here is a list of counter top materials for your review with their corresponding pros and cons taken from BHG.com:

Natural Stone:

Pros:  Durable, long-lasting, doesn’t go out of style, heat-resistant

Cons:  Porous and needs to be sealed when installed, requires resealing, softer stones such as marble or limestone might chip or crack, most expensive counter top material

Cultured Stone:

Pros:  Heat, stain, scratch-resistant, easy to clean, does not require sealing

Cons:  Not as natural looking as real stone, costs almost the same as real stone

Solid-Surfacing:

Pros:  Heat and moisture resistant, does not fade or age, easy to clean

Cons:  Can be scorched, not scratch proof

Laminate:

Pros:  Heat, stain, scratch resistant, easy to clean, lower cost than other counter tops

Cons:  Sharp knives and hot pans can damage laminate, scorching, deep scratches and cracks cannot be repaired

Eco-Friendly material:  (for an in depth list of eco-friendly options and their descriptions click here.)

Pros:  Bamboo-easy to clean, Recycled glass-durable, heat and stain resistant, easy to clean, Paper Composite-durable, easy to clean

Cons:  Bamboo needs to be sealed routinely, susceptible to scratches and burning, Recycled Glass can chip, scratch or break with heavy impacts, and paper composite is susceptible to scratches and stains

Wood:

Pros:  Long lasting, timeless material that wears well

Cons:  Vulnerable to moisture, heat, acid, corrosive chemicals, stains, shrinks or expands, require food-friendly sealing and routine maintenance

Metal:

Pros:  Antibacterial, stain and heat resistant, durable

Cons:  Copper, pewter, and zinc are susceptible to scratch and dents, can be expensive

Concrete:

Pros:  Heat and stain resistant, durable

Cons:  Must be sealed regularly to resist stains and water, susceptible to damage from highly acidic liquids

Mix It Up:

If you can’t decide on one particular counter top, you may wish to select multiple types of materials.  To differentiate the space, you may choose to use a different surface on the island than on the other counter tops.

Other resources:

National Kitchen and Bath Association – contact for a free planner.

If you need help with your home redesign, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com. (Photos from BHG.com)

Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, and .